Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has reacted to progress on the Fisheries Bill in Parliament last night. While Mr Carmichael noted that flaws in the Bill remain, he recognised that the legislation represents long-overdue progress on fishing priorities as it passed its Third Reading.
Speaking during the debate last night, Mr Carmichael said:
“There is a lot of uncertainty around the fishing industry at the moment, and that uncertainty is very damaging. The reason for that uncertainty was the decision by the former Prime Minister, and the current Prime Minister, to enter into a withdrawal agreement that put an agreement on fishing into the political declaration. We are now reaping the whirlwind of that somewhat ill-advised decision.”
Reacting after the debate, Mr Carmichael said:
"The Fisheries Bill is not perfect but it represents a significant step forward for fishermen who have been ignored by successive governments for too long.
"What remains to be seen is whether the Tories will have the political will to follow through with their repeated promises to fishing communities. Time will tell but we shall be watching."